I found an old trek road bike and a sport dlk centurian at a yard sale. I had to buy both because the trek was about the right size but had 27" wheels and the centurian was to small but had the 700 c wheels which I wanted so that I could get the type tires that I wanted. So my next stop is the bike shop/skateboard shop. There are about 7 teenagers in the shop working on skateboards and having a good old time. I ask the owner if I can use his pump to check out the wheels and tires. He said sure have a blast. Little did he know. I had never used any presta valves and this is what was on the wheels. I got the valves opened for filling and then screwed the hose connector onto the valve. I started filling the tire and checked with a just a little air to make sure that the tube was not trying to bulge out. Everything went great with the first tire. Then on the second tire the valve need to be pushed back into the tire and then I started inflating the tire. I looked at the tire at about 30 pounds and everything seemed ok. I checked again at about 60 pounds and still ok. I checked again at 100 pounds and I see a huge bulge. I start trying to get the tire deflated but before I can disconnect the tube blows. All the heads in the shop snap to see what has happened. I start laughing and tell the kids that I didn't even see them jump. It was quite funny to me except that now I ended up buying a tire and tube and then I was on my way.
Now since I am only 54 and have not learned to track stand yet it seems only logical that this is a skill that I need to know. Even though I have not had to have this skill in the last 54 years I know that at any time now it is going to be very important that I be able to track stand. So for the last week I have been attempting to track stand after I finish my ride. Today I set up on my dirt drive way and maybe stand for 2 seconds. I move a little and try a few more with about the same results. Then I try and all of a sudden and I really don't know how the bike is shooting out backward from under me and I am going over the handle bars. As I am in the air I am thinking that this is going to hurt. I land on my forearm and do a tuck and roll type fall with me rolling up into the bushes. My arthritis in my right shoulder is telling me that I am not dead but that it is considering killing me. I get up and I don't even have a scratch but it takes a couple of minutes for the arthritis to let up. I get back on and do about a 4 second track stand and call it a day. I am still not sure how all of this happened but it sure was interesting after the pain went away.
I hope you are all having as much fun as me.